Bayonne reports only 23 active COVID-19 cases

According to the Office of Emergency Management, 1,141 residents have recovered

Mayor James Davis gives a COVID-19 update on July 23.
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Mayor James Davis gives a COVID-19 update on July 23.

As Phase 2 of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a halt due to the increasing rate of transmission in the state, some municipalities continue to experience a decline in the number of positive cases.

In the weekly COVID-19 update on July 23, the Office of Emergency Management announced there were only 23 residents currently positive for the virus. There are 1,141 residents who have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC guidelines.

“Bayonne continues to do very well,” said Mayor James Davis in a video update.  “Our hospital has met the challenge head on, and all but defeated any concern about being overrun.”

As of July 23, only one patient is hospitalized at Bayonne Medical Center with COVID-19. All other residents with COVID-19 are recovering at home.

The 16th Street Pool, summer camps, and even some summer concerts have been cleared for takeoff, with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Davis urged residents to shop local at the many businesses that have reopened.

COVID by the numbers

As of July 23, 1,238 Bayonne residents have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of where that test was given. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 74 Bayonne residents have died due to COVID-19.

As of July 10, BMC has tested 3,918 people. Of that, 2,860 were negative, and 760 were positive, for a 19.39 percent Positivity Rate.

“Please continue to use good hygiene, and do not touch your face,” OEM said.

On July 10, active virus cases dropped to 75.

Recent history

Nearly four months after the declaration of the State of Emergency, the city has been on the track to recovery. On July 3, the number of positive cases fell below 300, and the number of recoveries topped 800.

“The recovered number grows each day, as our health officials make contact with residents who tested positive, and they are able to remove them from the list,” said the OEM’s Junior Ferrante.

On June 10, the city had more residents who have recovered from COVID-19 than who are still sick with the virus.

On June 25, COVID-19 cases dropped below 400. On July 3, cases dropped to 300.

Only 49 residents tested positive for COVID-19 in June. According to Ferrante, testing was an early challenge due to the limited number of test kits nationwide.

As testing increases, the number of positive residents continues to decline.

Getting tested 

BMC’s drive-thru testing at Veterans Stadium has ceased. Residents with a prescription and an appointment well be tested at BMC.

The RiteAid at 54th Street and Broadway offers free testing for all residents over 18 via drive-thru.

Visit riteaid.com to register. Residents do not need to be symptomatic, nor do they need a prescription.

The CityMD on Route 440 offers COVID-19 testing as well, walk-ins only.

CityMD and BMC are conducting antibody testing as well. Residents should call 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.

Ferrante said the Bayonne Health Department is immediately notified of any positive result and makes contact with the individual to begin contact tracing.

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